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DIA sees busiest year ever in 2017

Tamara Chung
The Denver Post
While holdays are typically a very busy time for travel, they're not the busiest days at Denver International Airport. The top 35 busiest days in 2017 — which are also the top 35 in the airport's history — happened during the summer.
Andy Cross | The Denver Post | THE DENVER POST

Denver International Airport’s popularity soared in 2017 with the airport hitting record highs.

Of the 100 busiest travel days in DIA’s 22-year history, 76 happened this year. There’s a simple reason for that, airport officials said.

“A lot more people start and end trips here because there’s a lot more people living here,” said Patrick Heck, DIA’s chief commercial officer, who oversees revenue.

DIA’s traffic is mimicking the growth of the region, which helped the state rank seventh highest for growth rates nationwide last year. But it’s not just about population growth. And it’s not really about more flights — the number of new flights grew just 1 percent or 275,000 from last year. But airlines have brought in larger planes that can haul more people.

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Denver International Airport’s popularity soared in 2017 with the airport hitting record highs.

Of the 100 busiest travel days in DIA’s 22-year history, 76 happened this year. There’s a simple reason for that, airport officials said.

“A lot more people start and end trips here because there’s a lot more people living here,” said Patrick Heck, DIA’s chief commercial officer, who oversees revenue.

More people, bigger planes

DIA’s traffic is mimicking the growth of the region, which helped the state rank seventh highest for growth rates nationwide last year. But it’s not just about population growth. And it’s not really about more flights — the number of new flights grew just 1 percent or 275,000 from last year. But airlines have brought in larger planes that can haul more people.

“And what airlines have done is put bigger planes here,” Heck said. “United is flying 787s from here and San Francisco. And airlines are able to …

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